Petersburg band turns to GoFundMe for uniforms

Petersburg band turns to GoFundMe for uniforms
The cost of one uniform is $350. (Source: Leigh Ann McKelway)

PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - The Petersburg High School band is raising money for new uniforms on GoFundMe.

"We have uniforms, but they're close to 15 years old, and they're awesome, but over time wear and tear has taken a toll on them," explained band director Clyde Boswell.

The fundraiser started March 20 and has raised $1,000 of the $40,000 goal. The uniforms will cost about $460 each for the band that has grown to almost 100 students in the last three years.

"For all of us, even our directors, band is our life, and that's what gets us through everything that we do," explained sophomore drumline member Nygia Tribbey. "Our academics probably wouldn't be what they are if we didn't have band in our life and in our hearts."

The Crimson Wave marching band is award-winning and known for performing in the Petersburg community and beyond.

"We've had these uniforms for a long time. We want to look better as a band and be one," said Tribbey. "[We love] going our there and knowing people believe in us and performing."

They recently won an award at a competition in Hopewell, and they are preparing to perform this weekend.

"Some of them live, breath, sleep music, and if for some reason we have to cancel band practice, they are just sad," said Boswell. "They just want to stay for band practice, they just want to play, it's an outlet for them."

The GoFundMe was started by the school's book keeper Sharon Crowder, who says the fundraising has been slow, but nonetheless worth it, hopeful the online donations will get them closer to their ultimate goal. The band has been raising money on their own and has been receiving community support throughout the years.

"We are truly grateful," said Petersburg High School music director Donna Lundy.

Lundy says the uniforms aren't cheap but worth the investment in the long run. Boswell says they should be durable enough to last another 15 years for future generations of students.

"This helps bring that change, bringing pride to the city, pride to the community, we just want to do our part," said Boswell.

You can help the Crimson Wave by donating to their GoFundMe.

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